Apple recently made new AirPods beta firmware available alongside early versions of iOS 16 and other upcoming operating systems introduced during the WWDC 2022 keynote.
Now a developer has been able to confirm that the AirPods Max beta can support a higher quality Bluetooth codec, which will at least improve the voice call quality of Apple’s high-end earphones and may preview the nicer ones. features of AirPods Pro 2.
As posted by Twitter user george (Going through ShrimpApplePro), it enabled the LC3 codec for AirPods Max through its beta firmware. For those unfamiliar, the LC3 codec is Bluetooth’s future low-power, high-quality codec coming to headphones soon.
The low complexity communications codec – LC3 for short – will be able to transmit at much lower bit rates without losing the audio quality we currently see with the Bluetooth standard.
In this case, as the Twitter user showed, the LC3 codec will improve audio calls, making them sound better, but the true potential of this technology will require Bluetooth 5.2 and a new generation of AirPods hardware.
AirPods Pro 2 to support low power audio technology
While the LC3 codec will improve audio calls, efficiency and stability of Bluetooth devices, the requirements to take full advantage of this standard will require Bluetooth 5.2, which no AirPods have.
9to5Mac Sources confirm that the next generation of AirPods Pro – codenamed B698 – will feature the next version of the H1 chip, Apple’s own audio processor, which may be able to handle the technology.
In addition, 9to5Mac already found references on iOS 16 that it will support LC3 codec and low power audio support. For LE Audio support, it should be mentioned that a senior engineer from Apple is heavily involved in this new standard.
While we can’t confirm support for lossless audio over Bluetooth, as reported by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this year, we can say that the audio experience on the AirPods Pro 2 will improve a lot.